Tennessee judge oversteps in ordering name change for Baby Messiah

This may have been posted previously.  A Judge named Lu Ann Ballew who is a Child Support Magistrate in Jefferson County, Tennessee ordered a couple to change their child's name from Messiah to Martin.

She said her ruling was in the child's best interest, and wrote, "'Messiah' means Savior, Deliverer, the One who will restore God's Kingdom.  'Messiah' is a title held only by Jesus Christ."

She went on to say, "Labeling this child, 'Messiah' places an undue burden on him  that as a human being, he cannot fulfill.  The Court also takes judicial notice of the fact that Cocke County, Tennessee, has a large Christian population, as evidenced by the many churches of the Christian faith located in Cocke County, Tennessee.  Therefore, it is highly likely that he will offend many Cocke County citizens by calling himself 'Messiah'."

You can here the judge in her own words in link below. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/12/baby-name-mess...

Think what it would be like to live in American if she and her like minded Christians were in charge.

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Comment by blue pashmina on August 15, 2013 at 5:08pm

Ok, i totally prefer the name Martin, but that is not the point. A parent should have a right to name his or her child whatever stupid name they want. If the child objects he can change it when he grows up. Why not go after the hollywood stars instead! I mean common: Apple, Blanket, East west (or whatever it is) these are going to do the poor kids more harm than Messiah. It is actually growing on me... might name my next cat Messiah just to see who complains. :)

Comment by Michael Penn on August 15, 2013 at 12:40am

Yes, this was posted previously but I will answer again. This judge wants to define the word "Messiah" and then tell you that it's a title held only by Jesus Christ. This is NOT so and she is wrong. There are many saviors or messiahs in again as many religions. Once we get to the Christian religion we find again that the word "Christ" is also a title. It is not a name. Therefore, Jesus Christ is only a recognized "name" in Christian religions.

Maybe the judge should change Jesus' name.

Comment by Daniel W on August 14, 2013 at 11:55am

Yes, it was posted - although it's not showing up on forum right now.  I'll look to see if I can find it.

Comment by John Aultman on August 14, 2013 at 11:09am

Good one NB

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on August 14, 2013 at 10:40am


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